The actress talks about her upcoming film, working across different industries and much more
With the release of the psychological thriller film Phobia, BollywoodLife caught up with the star of the movie, Radhika Apte. Directed by Pavan Kripalani of Ragini MMS fame, the film focuses completely on Radhika's character Mehek who suffers a rare fear called Agoraphobia, which is an extreme anxiety disorder that leads to panic attacks. We found the star actress relaxing and eating her breakfast as she answered about Phobia, Kabali, her own fears and many more...
What interested you to take up Phobia?
The concept. When he told me the idea of the film, I was very taken by it. I thought it was really really interesting, so I said yes instantly.
Your character suffers from Agoraphobia in the film. Before this film, did you ever come across this phobia?
Yeah, I knew about it from childhood. I knew somebody who was agoraphobic.
Did you do any kind of special research for it?
I did. I did a lot of research, I read about it a lot, I saw a lot of clips of panic attacks, I met some patients, I met doctors and psychologists, so quite a lot of research.
How did you land up in Rajinikanth's Kabali?
I got a call from the director(Pa Ranjith)one day, saying that we want you to do the film and I thought it was a joke, but then he sent me tickets, I went to Chennai the same week, he narrated the film and I said I'm on. So it really happened overnight.
You did Tamil films before also. Do you do Tamil dubbing on your own? How comfortable are you with the language?
No I personally don't dub. I was supposed to dub for Kabali, but the dates clashed.
Coming back to Phobia, what is your biggest fear?
I don't have a phobia, but I have a fear. I'm afraid of terrace swimming pools. (laughs)
You have worked in a lot of different film industries like Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Bollywood, is there any difference you see in the way they function?
There is a difference because the culture's different. Certain things like how they work, their work ethics, but to be honest I think every project is different. Even in Bollywood if you take two projects, the working style is very different, directors are different, so its very hard to compare. So with every project you have to be very adaptable to the system that they have.
Do you think you will able to hold the attention of the audience, since the entire film is set in an apartment?
That we will have to see now. We will have to see if I succeed or not. (laughs)
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We wish Radhika all the very best for Phobia that is releasing this Friday and for the Rajinikanth starrer Kabali!
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